The Light and Leadership Initiative (LLI)
LLI began as a collaborative effort between Huaycán locals and U.S. citizens. In 2007, Lara DeVries visited Huaycán for the first time, meeting with a local family. Upon returning to the United States, she began paperwork to found the Light and Leadership Initiative.
Based on research including a subsequent visit in 2008 to speak with community members in Huaycán, it became clear education was the priority and the highest need for community members. Thus in 2008, the Light and Leadership Initiative established itself as a 501(c)3 U.S. non-profit, registered for educational purposes.
There are many areas of need in the world, and in Peru alone. Reports in the past decade, including reports from the World Economic Forum and PISA, repeatedly list Peru as ranked last or second to last on a global scale regarding quality of education. These studies show that specific areas of need are Science, Math and Reading comprehension. A lack of resources, poor teacher training and methodology, constant curriculum change, mal-nutrition, and more, are all factors contributing to poor test scores and poor educational outcomes on a national level.See more